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Ethiopian Capture Game DLP Game   

Period Modern

Region Eastern Africa

Category Board, War, Leaping, Lines


This game, the name of which was unrecorded, is a game with leaping captures played in Ethiopia in the early twentieth century.


5x5 intersecting lines, with diagonals in the four quadrants. Twelve pieces per player, arranged on the two rows closest to the player and the two spots in the central row to the player's right, leaving the central space empty. Players alternate turns moving a piece to an empty adjacent spot along the lines of the board. A piece belonging to the opponent may be captured when a piece hops over it to an empty adjacent spot immediately on the opposite side of the piece, along the lines of the board. The player who reduces the opponent to five pieces wins.

Griaule 1935: 177.



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Murray 1951: 66.

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Griaule, M. 1935. Jeux et divertissements Abyssins. Paris: Librairie Ernest Leroux.

Murray, H.J.R. 1951. A History of Board-Games Other Than Chess. Oxford: Clarendon Press.

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